Debating Europe: I’m debating what about you?

Debating Europe is a platform that provides us a unique opportunity to exchange OUR ideas with Europe’s leaders. The main aim is to be encouraged a strong and genuine conversation between European policy makers and citizens, and then having experts respond with feedback. The goal of the project is to offer support and critical reactions to citizens’ ideas and mobilize as much as possible the “back and forth discussion” between citizens and the experts who take part in the project.

The debate was divided into five “channels”, based on the theme:

  • Growth Europe: Looking beyond the eurozone crisis
  • Green Europe: Ensuring a sustainable European economy
  • Tech Europe: Building an innovative economy
  • Global Europe: Europe in a new world order
  • Future Europe: Ideas for a long-term vision for Europe

Debating Europe Schools is a new section of the platform which aim to give students the chance to pose questions to policymakers, debate with students across Europe and become aware of  EU. The platform is cooperating with schools and colleges in all the EU member-states to launch a series of online debates.

Find more information and join the debate now HERE!!!

Partners:

  • Friends of Europe
  • Europe’s World
  • European Parliament
  • Microsoft Gallup
  • Skype
  • ING
  • European Students’ Union
  • European Youth Parliament
  • JEF
  • Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
  • ThinkYoung
  • European Movement
  • Youth of European Nationalities
  • Citizens for Europe
  • European Student Think Tank
  • European Disability Forum
  • OneEurope
  • European Youth Press
  • Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU)
  • The Berlin Debating Union (BDU)
  • UNICA
  • AEGEE

 

Save Erasmus for students from 2014 to 2020: YES we can, say MEPs

The culture and education committee on Tuesday adopted the new YES EUROPE programme for youth, education and sport, merging all the EU programmes for education, training and sport and Erasmus for higher education. More than five million students, of all ages, should enjoy greater mobility and cooperation abroad thanks to €18 billion in EU funding for the years 2014 to 2020.

Find more HERE.
Watch the recorded meetings  HERE.

Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/

Eurodesk Cyprus November 2012: Employment and Entrepreneurship

A bilingual interactive newsletter about the employment and entrepreneurship, a field of the EU Youth Strategy. Youth Unemployment is in Europe reaches the 20%. European Union intents to smooth the transition from education and training to the labour market through the initiative “Youth on the Move” , one of the 7 flagship initiatives of the growth strategy “Europe 2020”.

Topics:

    • Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs- Interview: “Host Entrepreneur”
    • Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs- Interview: “Young Entrepreneur”
    • “We Mean Business” Campaign.
    • Job Vacancies and Traineeships in EU institutions.
    • Good Practices at a local level.
The publication is available HERE.
My impressions: A unique opportunity to get informed about the programme “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs” by interviewing the “Host Entrepreneur”, Mr. Michalis Charakis, and the “Young Entrepreneur”, Vasilis Tobros.

“Youth Opportunities Initiative” is part of the EU’s initiative “Youth on the Move” and aims to drive down youth unemployment.

Workforecast: The work forecast for young people

Europe is called to tackle the problem of youth unemployment. There is not doubt that the young people is a vulnerable group. In some countries the youth unemployment reaches the 60%. The young people are facing the danger to be excluded from the labor market.
The website “Workforecast: The work forecast for young people” allows the users to check the weather forecast for their country and take action by writing to the national Minister of Labor. So, get informed and take action for brighter working days!!!

Application form instructions – Youth in Action

The following video was produced by the Icelandic National Agency of the Youth in Action Programme. The video provides instructions on how to fill in an application form for the all actions of the Programme except for the European Voluntary Service (Action 2) and the Action 2.1.


Don’t forget to contact your National Agency before submitting your application form.

Useful Links:

“Erasmus for all”? Perhaps not

This year Erasmus became 25 years old. It is one of the most successful programmes that promotes co-operation between higher education institutions and the mobility of students, academic and administrative staff. The programme gives the opportunity to all the University students, regardless of their financial background, to study and be trained in another European country. Consequently, the Commission’s proposal about the new education and training programme is questioned in the European  Parliament.
Video: “Erasmus for all”? Perhaps not: European Parliament TV

 

Source: European Parliament / EuroparlTV

EU Youth Conference of the Cyprus Presidency: “Youth Participation and Social Inclusion”

The EU Youth Conference is a part of the Structured Dialogue procedure that was established  by the Council of the European Union to engage the youth in the decision process. Young people may shape the EU policy on topics that directly affect them through public consultations in each member state and the EU Youth Conference. Each TRIO Presidency sets an overall theme  and then each presidency sets its own priority. The main theme of the 18 month TRIO Poland, Denmark, Cyprus was youth participation in democratic life in Europe. The priority of the Cyprus Presidency was the “Youth Participation and Social Inclusion”. The EU Youth Conference took place in Nicosia on 11-12-13 of September. During the conference of the youth delegates and Directors General of EU Member States discussed how youth participation leads to the social inclusion of all young people, with emphasis on the inclusion of young people with a migrant background and the importance of the participation of young people and youth organizations, especially in decision making for the creation of inclusive, democratic and prosperous societies. The joint recommendations of the youth delegates and Directors General of EU Member States was based on the outcomes of the national consultations in each member state. Find more information in the official website of the Cyprus Presidency. Useful Links:

See also: Newsletter Eurodesk Cyprus April: “Structured Dialogue”

Συνέντευξη: Εμπειρίες από Προγράμματα Νεολαίας

Η Μαρία Στρατή είχε μία ενδιαφέρουσα συνομοιλία με την Αθανασία Κωνσταντίνου σχετικά με τις εμπειρίες που αποκόμισε από τα προγράμματα και δραστηριότητες νεολαίας.

Μεταξύ άλλων είπε και τα πιο κάτω:

Μου αρέσει να γνωρίζω καθημερινά, νέες κουλτούρες και γλώσσες.

H προηγούμενη γένια μπορεί να βοηθήσει τη νέα γενιά στη δημιουργία ενός καλύτερου μέλλοντος εμπλέκοντας τους νέους στη διαδικασία λήψης αποφάσεων.

Για να διαβάσετε τη συνέντευξη κάντε κλικ ΕΔΩ.

Civil Society and Democracy Building: The youth perspective

The civil society or alternatively the third sector is an important stakeholder in the society because it gives voice to the citizens by empowering various social structures. The promotion of non-governmental and non-profit organizations is associated with the peace construction in conflict areas. The education is a field that could stimulate the active youth participation and the tolerance among the people. The educators can shape a culture of tolerance and acceptance among the young people from different backgrounds.

Nowadays, traveling from one country to another is easier than before due to high technological improvement and also to social and historical changes, such as, the European integration. The European citizens can cross the borders within the European Union without a visa. However, the Human Rights are still violating. A general knowledge about the Human Rights doesn’t establish a culture where the human rights are respected; as a result, the Human Rights Education is more than necessary. The Council of Europe published two manuals on Human Rights Education, “Compasito” for children up to 13 years old and “Compass” for teenagers and adults. The civil society should advocate for the integration of the Human Rights Education to the formal education curricula by engaging the key education shareholders, such as Ministry of Education, teachers platforms, parents and students, to the dialogue.

The web 2.0 platforms may reinforce the civil society’s campaigns about peace and democracy because it is a way to participate, spread campaigns and exchange good practices with other people globally. The digital media could be characterized as the revolution in the field of communication, each one of us, has the chance to share his/her views and learn about new ideas and tendencies. The e-participation is a youth friendly form of active participation because the young people are familiar with the social media platforms such as facebook, twitter and blogs. The civil society has a unique chance to boost their campaigns through the social media; the young people tend to pay more attention to facebook posts than to emails. On the other hand, the civil society actors and the young people should be equipped with “digital skills”, in order, firstly to endorse their ideas efficiently and secondly to avoid some traps. According to the above, it was build the argument that the “digital education” should be part of the school programmes as well.

The civil society should also boost the youth volunteerism in the border regions between countries where there is a conflict and also lack of democracy. The borders have their own linguistic and cultural identity; the people tend to speak both languages, there are influences from the traditions of both countries and many mixed marriages. The most striking fact in conflict areas is the sense of belonging, people either feel they belong to both countries or they feel they don’t belong anywhere. The youth volunteerism, through many projects and programmes, in the short-term may facilitate the trust building among the people in the borders and the people who come from regions far away from the borders. In the long-term this could lead to a further development of the values of democracy and peace.

Currently, the economic crisis and the related emerging problems are making the work of the civil society organizations more difficult. In my opinion, the involvement of the young people in the democracy building process is more than essential because the youngsters will be the future citizens thus the future voters. The launch of democracy is connected with an active youth that defend and protect the Human Rights by thinking globally and acting locally.

The article was published in mahallas.com